In A Patch of Old Snow Frost represents the theme of the story using metaphors of old snow and crumpled paper. As shown in the lines The news of a day Ive forgotten If I ever read it. Here Frost characterizes the theme of the story as everyone makes mistakes and neglects to fix them and later feels remorse from their actions. When he writes The news of a day Ive forgotten it clearly shows that he is trying to portray the paper as an old memory that he has disregarded.
When he explains If I ever read it, it reveals that he has neglected this memory and forced it to become a problem later in life, explaining the theme of the poem to a greater extent. The neglected memory that explains the theme of the story is created through the metaphor of the paper, which is clearly shown in the lines Was a blow-away paper the rain had brought to rest. The speckled piece of paper represents the faulty situation of which he has forgotten. He also presents the metaphor of time using rain, meaning the time has made him forget the memory and put it to rest. This poem reveals its powerful theme¦